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  • Writer's pictureJin T

A plant and a seed kind of day.

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

Yesterday I was out and about on my daily walk minding my bald headed business. When I saw a painting of the Joker in the window of an antique shop. It made me stop and admire its beauty. Behind it I could see another painting of all the killers in the horror movies I used to be scared of. I'm not gone hold you... I still don't mess with some of those killers but I was happy to see them all nontheless. It's strange I never thought I would say that but I was really excited and wanted to get a closer look.

Sweet Bee Antqiues
The Joker - Artist Michael J Alexander

So I went into the shop and was greeted by Kathy the shop owner. Kathy invited me to browse the shop and chat with her about the things I saw and life in general. I told her what brought me in was the picutre in the window and she said "Oh, come over to this side, it's my son Michael's work. As we walked over into his studio there she was.... My beloved Wednesday Adams. I SCREECHED with excitement as I felt my already wide eyes get even bigger as the smile formed on my face.

Sweet Bee Antiques
Wedneday- Artist Michael J Alexander

If you are new here WELCOME, I'm Jin I am a certified Yoga Instructor and LLPC. In this blog, my focus is always on self-care as it pertains to your whole being. That's mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I share things that have worked for me, things that others have shared with me that have worked for them, and things we've learned as a way to help those who may want or need it. Now that we got that out of the way let's get back to bald headed business.

My Sweet Kathy shared with me that she's orgininally from Tennessee, I don't recall what City she told me tho. She and her family moved to Michigan when she was younger because her father got a job here. "I've been here forever since, but I still love going back home to Tennesssee to visit my family and friends." Kathy said she enjoys when people come in to visit and shop with her and would love to see some more people come in looking for antiques. (An antique is a collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age or how rare it is.) Before we parted ways for the day Kathy told me the Bettles released some new music. "You know its old but it's new you know what I mean?" Yes friend, I do know what you mean.

If you were wondering the songs released are called "Now and Then" and "Love Me Do". Check them out where ever you listen to music. I told my girl I'd be back to visit with her again as I made my way to my next stop, the Library. Before I got there I stopped to sit, breathe, and stretch at the pavillian as I watched the city worker put up Christmas decorations.

After my stretch I cooped a squat (had a seat) next to the little brown bear across the street I listened to him for about 5 minutes. He was cute wearing his winter scarf sitting there thinking about how he was going to learn how to dougie before Thanksgiving. I told him I would help him before going into the Library.

After dancing with my guy I went into the library. I hadn't visited this branch and as soon as I walked in I noticed something I'd never seen before..... A propagation station where you could get this... "check out" plants you don't technically have to return. If you would like to return the plants they ask that you donate one of the plants you have a home or some of the clippings from it.

Y'all this had ya girl like

I loved this idea so I called over one of the attendents for help and she sent me on my way with some new kids. A persian shield, a spider plant, a jade succulent, and another wondering jew. I had some time to explore so I looked around and saw my friend KeKe sitting at the charging station with her friend Sergio talking about the time they spent together at the Met Gala. My phone was on 20% so I had a seat and let my device charge while I read all about it in the September/October edition of Essence Magazine. This is how I imagined I looked as the people walked past.

By the time I was done reading the article and let it all settle in my phone was charged to 82%. and I remember how much I enjoyed reading fashion magazines as a child. I was all of 8 years old with a magazine subscitption being mailed to the house. I felt so important getting mail, those were the days when mail was fun to recieve. Looking at me today some might question if I retained the information I used to read. My answer is flat out yes I retained it but when it comes to fashion, sometimes I just don't care what I have on as long as my parts are covered up. Key word *sometimes. I'm not exactly sure how far my love for libraries go back but I can say I always find out about something I think is cool and exciting inside every single time I go to one. Anyway I gathered my phone, my new kids, and the joy I recieved from my friends after our meeting to make my way home to get the other 18% charge I needed to be on 100%. I thanked Amy for helping me and skipped out the door. I thought about all the new things I'd just learned and felt brilliant. I heard someone on the internet say "information was dead", I disagree for the simple fact that people don't know what they don't know so they seek information from sources for a more clear understanding of what they don't understand. My Raggedy home girl Cici said that to me once (*note- Only I can call Cici raggedy you might not want to try it for yourself). A very large part of doing the work is gathering and providing information to those who need it in a way that is condusive to their learning styles and levels of learning. It's that what a teacher does?

Okay so back to my story. When I got home I shared my news with a couple of my friends and about 2 hours later I got an email from the library officially announcing the plant and seed program with in the local library systems here. Chile I looked over to imaginary Omarian said "I must really got the news cause I found about this before they offically told everyone else. Minding my bald headed business really does pay off"

We laughed as I finished the rest of my work for the day. Responding to emails, meeting with clients, updating, and inputting notes. Chile a time was had and didn't cost me nothing but an open mind and willingness to go after the things that make me happy.

Alright now if you want to visit my friend Kathy the antique shop it's called Sweet Bee's antiques located at 27 W Front St, Monroe, MI 48161. It's across the street from Scally Waggs Doggy Bakery & Pet Supplies. I stopped in there and met a different Amy while looking for a sweater and boots for my pupfew. Right next door is Front Street Mercantile where I picked up my new water glass created by artist Sydeney McNett. You can find her shop @samscrafteddesginco on the book face.

Front Street Mercantile
Frosted Desginer Wednesday Chiller- Artist Sydeney Mcnett

Moral to the story: Some of your favorite things just won't always be on Amazon or in franchise stores but you won't know that until you stop acting too good to take a hike (an urban or suburban hike at that). Now let us ALL

Until next time.

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